AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 29: Issac Luke runs through drills during a Warriors NRL training session at Mount Smart Stadium on April 29, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

After being told by Warriors coach Stephen Kearney that he would not be required at Mount Smart Stadium beyond the 2019 season, the proverbial curtains were being drawn on Isaac Luke’s career.

However, the former Rabbitoh is set to be offered a career lifeline, with The Daily Telegraph reporting that the St George Illawarra Dragons are set to offer the thirty-seven capped New Zealand international a cut-priced one-year deal to back up Dragons stalwart Cameron McInnes.

With McInnes suffering a broken leg in the second last game of the season and promising youngster Reece Robson heading to North Queensland on a four-year deal, the Red V is in desperate need of a hooker to back-up the increasingly impressive McInnes.

Having finished up his inconsistent four-year spell at the Warriors after grooming McInness to be the heir to his throne at Redfern, the shoes could well and truly be on the other foot if the deal does eventuate, with McInnes’ position and standing within the Dragons now unquestionable after a bumper 2019 season.

While the 271-game NRL veteran Luke has previously been linked with Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles and Wests Tigers, The Daily Telegraph reports that the red and whites are set to win the race for Luke’s signature.


  1. He would be a handy, low price pickup.
    Off topic- there is some incriminating footage of NAS smashing dudes in Bali.

  2. If that is true lets see if the NRL will enforce their no fault stand down policy on melbourne like they are more than happy to do to sydney clubs. I doubt it.

  3. I wouldn’t have thought the “no fault stand down rule” would apply, given it only applies to charges with a max. penalty of 11 years inprisionmemt.
    That said it didn’t look good.

  4. Does the NRL have any jurisdiction over these types of incidents which happen outside of Australia?
    About Isaac Luke: swa9amuff1n, have you forgotten about Brandon Smith? If he had to play second fiddle to Isaac Luke he would be entitled to walk, He’s the current Kiwis test hooker and the Storm also have Harry Grant coming through their system. If Luke does end up signing with the Dragons it could turn out to be a very shrewd purchase. The only concern I would have is his recent problems with injuries.

  5. Isaac luke is 100% better than slow turtle legs mcinnes chalk vs cheese…when will the super dud coach mcgregor get sacked its a huge joke for stgeorgeillawarra to reinstate this no idea dud coach and im a souths member…

  6. @eelsalmighty. The no fault stand down could depend on the injuries sustained by the victim in this case since charges such as Grievous Bodily Harm can incur max penalties up to 25 years. It certainly didn’t look good. He was throwing them very hard and everywhere.

  7. Yeah I know Brandon and I really really rate him. I’d have Issac Luke play second fiddle to Smith. Issac being the kiwis best hooker could teach Smith all the swift attacking moves he’s picked up over the years. And with Brandon already learning from Cam over the years Brandon would know every trick in the book.

    Playing Luke off the bench would be good bonus. Smith wouldn’t be required to play 80 minute games and he could still slot in at lock at times with Luke and Smith on the field. Harry Grant would be a the third choice, but Grant would know Issac won’t play more than 2 years anyways.

  8. Why would Tyrone May still be stood down , for the footage taken in acts between consenting adults then Eels? Surely he wouldn’t be facing an 11 year sentence for that? As bad a thing as it may have been to do. He didn’t assault anyone.
    Murderers often walk away after 5-8 years, of a 10 year sentence.

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